Energy is part of our daily lives. These products allow us to drive our cars, control the temperature in our homes and manufacture products like medicines, plastics and electronics. Pipelines safely transport energy products from one part of the country to another, bringing products to our homes and businesses.
There are three types of pipelines—gathering lines, transmission lines and distribution lines.
Gathering pipelines transport energy products from production areas, like drilling sites, to processing facilities and eventually into larger transmission lines.
Transmission lines are like the highways of our national pipeline system – they transport energy from one part of the country to another. Additional above ground facilities are often found along the pipeline systems for the purpose of moving the needed products to the areas needed.
Distribution lines are the pipelines that ultimately connect to homes or business. These are the lines that deliver the energy that we use to cook, control the temperature in our living spaces and manufacture products.
Visit the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration web site to learn more about: